Is Your Secret Sugar Addiction Destroying Your Fitness Goals?

Is Your Secret Sugar Addiction Destroying Your Fitness Goals?

I don’t know if you realize this, but there’s sugar in just about everything you eat, nowadays. Everything.

It’s really bad for people who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, it’s so bad that I can probably (safely) go a little deeper and say that there are lots of people who are addicted to sugar, and they don’t even know it.

If you’re wondering if this could be you, ask yourself the following questions:

Have you ever tried to eliminate sugar completely from your diet and it scared you to death – and you went back to your normal diet pretty quickly?

  • Do you eat any processed foods at all, drink any sodas, or use any seasoning combinations like seasoned salt or the like?
  • Do you have what you’d consider to be a ferocious sweet tooth even though you think your diet is relatively healthy?
  • Do you find that you turn to sweets to comfort you when you’re feeling sad?
  • Do you eat candy or sweets and hide the wrappers or containers when you’re finished because you feel ashamed that you ate so much sweet stuff?
  • Have you ever purposely avoided all sugar and found yourself experiencing unexplainable fatigue, headaches, or pretty rapid weight loss?

If you answered, “NO!” to every, single one of these questions, CONGRATULATIONS!

You are a rare breed, and you have one of the most clean diets in the world.

Pat yourself on the back. Seriously.

However, for the average person, this would be really difficult to accomplish. Most of us would answer, “Yes!” to at least one of the above questions (and maybe even some others that I didn’t include.)

No joke. I know sugar addicts who snack on cans of cake icing or who can eat an entire box of hard candy in less than an hour. And though this is at an extreme, sugar addiction is a very real thing.

So…in this article, I’m going to show you where the sugar might be hiding in your diet, how it’s affecting your fitness goals and your brain, and what you can do about it.

First Off, Is It Really Possible To Be Addicted To Sugar?

Is Your Secret Sugar Addiction Destroying Your Fitness Goals - 2There’s a fair amount of research that shows that people can actually get addicted to sugar, and you don’t have to be eating it in it’s crystal-like state in order for this to happen to you.

The National Institutes of Health found in a 2007 study that even if all you do is binge-eat sugar occasionally, it might affect your brain and your behavior in many of the same ways that heroin does.

When you eat sugar, your body thinks it’s being rewarded and releases dopamine in response to that. Dopamine is also released into the body when something unpleasant is experienced so that we learn how to avoid bad outcomes.

Dopamine is a “neurotransmitter.” It’s also a chemical. Basically, dopamine is a chemical that communicates with your brain and thus with the rest of your body. Eating sugar trains your body to want and love it.

The biggest challenge with a sugar addiction is that the body both wants it and simultaneously wants to avoid being without it.

It fights to have it, and it fights to keep from losing it.

There are verified stories people across the internet who have said they have dreams of cupcakes, lollipops or other types of sweets when they completely cut sugar from their diet.

So the short answer is: YES! You can be addicted to sugar, and it’s a monster addiction to fight.

Where Is The Sugar In Your Diet Hiding?

The truth is that sugar is hiding in everything from your favorite tomato sauce to the sandwich meat you sometimes eat for lunch. It’s in your condiments, your morning orange juice, most sodas, and even in some of the salt you use to season your food.

It’s in almost all processed food.

And if you use chemical sugar substitutes, your body doesn’t get rid of those chemicals quickly.

It holds onto those chemicals and stores them in your liver and in your fat cells, making it harder for your metabolism to work efficiently and more difficult for your kidneys, liver, and lymphatic system to detoxify your body like they are supposed to.

All of this makes it incredibly difficult to stay healthy and trim.

In the same way, sugar, when eaten in excess, gets turned into fat cells, and it’s these fat cells that directly work against your desire to look (and feel) your best.

Synthetic sugar and sugar found in processed foods are both a huge problem for anyone who is trying to stay or get in good shape.

So, What Can You Do If You’ve Discovered That You Have A Sugar Addiction?

The first thing to do is to find out where all the sugar is hiding in your diet.

Once you find it, the very least thing you should do is cut it down significantly.

The best thing to do would be to get rid of it, altogether.

Is Your Secret Sugar Addiction Destroying Your Fitness Goals - 3I’m not talking about the sugar you’d find in whole foods like fruit. I’m only talking about the excessive sugar you’ll find in processed foods and the chemical sugars you’ll find in sugar substitutes.

The challenging thing about a sugar addiction is that it forces your mind to crave foods that are high in carbohydrates and sweets. You won’t just want it when you’re in a celebratory mood; you’ll also find yourself wanting it when you feel a bit down.

So, the best thing is to cut it out, because excess sugar will keep you heavier than you want to be, and you won’t feel your best, either.

Instead of sweets, choose whole foods, organic, pasture-raised meats if you can, add lots of vegetables into your meals, and detoxify naturally by drinking enough water, every day.

Changing your way of eating could be one of the most difficult things you’ve ever done in your life, but it’s worth it if you want your body to operate like the fit “machine” it’s supposed to be.

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Resources

  1. “Evidence for Sugar Addiction: Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Intermittent, Excessive Sugar Intake.” Avena, Nicole M.; Rada, Pedro; Hoebel, Bartley G. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2235907/. May 18, 2007.
  2. “What are Neurotransmitters?” By Neurogistics Writers. https://www.neurogistics.com/TheScience/WhatareNeurotransmi09CE.asp. 2015.
  3. “Dear Melissa: My Sugar Dragon is Still Breathing Fire.” Hartwig, Melissa, CISSN. http://whole30.com/2016/08/sugar-dragon/. Aug. 1, 2016

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